UNM-LA receives $3,000

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By Katy Korkos

The Environmental, Technology and Energy Business Association (ETEBA) presented a $3,000 check to the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos campus during the Director’s Council meeting       Oct. 19 at UNM-LA.
The money will be awarded by UNM-LA in the form of scholarships for students pursuing careers in technology.
The president of ETEBA’s Southwest Chapter Paul Terp presented the check to UNM-LA’s Executive Director Dr. Cedric Page and to the Associate Director of Student Services Pat Boyer.
Page welcomed ETEBA representatives to the meeting and expressed delight and gratitude at receiving the check on behalf of the University.
“I spoke at ETEBA’s quarterly meeting about our college programs,” Page said, “about how they could help to support students –  by providing internships, serving on advisory committees and so forth, and I was delighted to get a call from Paul.”
The UNM-Los Alamos Director’s council is a group of department heads and UNM staffers who meet monthly to coordinate and plan for the college’s operations.
The Environmental, Technology and Energy Business Association (ETEBA) is a national organization of businesses that provide technical resources to the national laboratories.
Nationally, the organization has more than 500 members, while the Southwest Chapter, of which Terp is the president, currently stands at about             70 members.
“All kinds of businesses, small to large, are our members,” Terp said. “The Department of Energy can come to us and say ‘we have a need for services or solutions in such-and-such an area,’ and we find the appropriate companies to solve the problem.”
The organization was created around the national laboratory in Oak Ridge, Tenn., and has expanded to support Los Alamos and Sandia.
“I worked with Oak Ridge and we expanded to the Southwest Chapter,” Terp said. “Our next job is to open a chapter in Washington.”
Terp is the president of SMSI, a company which specializes in project management. Its local office is at 102 Central Park Square. Referring to the scholarship donation, Terp said, “We hope to be able to do this every year.”